The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. ~Luke 6:45
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. ~Matthew 15:18
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. ~Proverbs 15:28
With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women He made in His image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. ~James 3:9-10
From my favorite devotional:
Want to see a miracle? Plant a word of love heartdeep in a person’s life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens.
An employee gets a compliment. A wife receives a bouquet of flowers. A cake is baked and carried next door. A widow is hugged. A gas-station attendant is honored. A preacher is praised.
Sowing seeds of peace is like sowing beans. You don’t know why it works; you just know it does. Seeds are planted and topsoils of hurt are shoved away.
Don’t forget the principle. Never underestimate the power of a seed.
~Max Lucado, The Applause of Heaven
Harvest the fruit of loyalty,
Plow the new ground of knowledge.